Corpses pile up in KZN mortuaries

2012-09-03 20:17

Durban - About 400 unclaimed bodies are lying in state mortuaries in KwaZulu-Natal, the Daily News reported on Monday.

According to the afternoon daily the bodies were located at 41 mortuaries, with 125 bodies waiting to be claimed at the Fort Napier mortuary in Pietermaritzburg.

The Inkatha Freedom Party's Usha Roopnarain, a member of the KZN health portfolio committee, was reported as saying that some bodies had been lying in the Fort Napier mortuary since last December.

The committee apparently visited the mortuary last week.

The province's former head of forensic pathology was quoted as saying that at some of the province's smaller mortuaries bodies had to be stacked one on top of another.

The provincial health department attributed the delays in burying the bodies to administrative processes.

Unclaimed bodies are supposed to be buried within 30 days.

  • sharron.forsyth - 2012-09-03 20:23

    How much admin does it take to dig a hole 6 feet deep and bury a corpse. Somebody has let the bodies pile up.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-03 20:45

    Another 'wonderful' cANCer job! How much longer before they realise they're just not capable?

  • craig.moir.14 - 2012-09-03 21:34

    Sell them for muti.

  • theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-09-03 21:56

    Please people watch this video of Dr Manning... many people say he is crazy but what he is saying we witness everday in South Africa and the rest of the African continent

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-03 22:15

    What about grave sharing.

  • sandra.simpson1984 - 2012-09-05 13:15

    When my partner passed away in December 2009, I had to go identify his body at Durban mortuary,, when I got there, they wanted to take a photograph of his body and let me identify it like that.. I was not willing to do it that way, and my uncle and one of the mortuary workers went to gpo get his body to identify.. my Uncle who is a police officer came out and told me, the reason they didnt want me inside the morgue itself is because they had bodies stacked one on top of another.. so this is clearly not a new problem in the state mortuarys, as my incident was in 2009!!

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